A Texas water manager who bragged about being a “bully” and a “bigshot” earned a promotion at a major Texas water company.
Elderly and physically frail, Kim Carter said she wanted to help save her community by working with the Austin Water Utility.
When her promotion to chief water officer came up, Carter was shocked and appalled.
She was a former state legislator, former prosecutor, and an attorney for the city of Austin, according to a story published by Vice News.
Carter, 62, was promoted to chief engineer on Wednesday.
She previously worked as a public defender for the Austin City Attorney’s office and the Austin American-Statesman.
“It was just a really big shock, and I just didn’t believe it,” Carter told Vice News, noting that she had worked with many women in public defense.
“It just didn`t seem right.”
The Austin Water Utilities is an energy-rich public utility that owns a large swath of Texas, including parts of the Rio Grande Valley.
In 2015, Carter worked with the utility to build an 18-hole golf course in the city.
But she said she had little interest in playing golf, saying she had to work to get paid and that her career as a lawyer was over.
“We were in the middle of our work day,” Carter said.
“I was like, ‘What are we doing here?'”
But the Austin-area community rallied around Carter, donating thousands of dollars to help her pay the bills and cover the cost of legal representation.
Carter was one of about 20 women who helped out with the course project.
After receiving her promotion, Carter said, she realized she had more work ahead of her.
“I realized, I need to really grow up, I have a lot of responsibility,” Carter explained.
“This is a very dangerous job.
You need to be professional, and you need to do things the right way.
I need people to trust me.
You don’t want to be in that position.”
Carter said she wants to become a lawyer, but has no intention of starting one right away.
She hopes to have a second career in the future.
“That’s one of the reasons I’m so grateful that I’m not working for the government right now,” Carter added.
“You don’t have to be the smartest, the fastest, or the biggest to be a lawyer.”
Carter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.